Former IUP offensive lineman Matt Guevremont was selected by the BC Lions in the fifth round of the 2020 Canadian Football League Draft on April 30.

Guevremont was the 40th overall selection, including the ninth offensive lineman and the second player from a NCAA Division II school. He was the Lions’ fourth overall choice.

A native of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, Guevremont started all 12 games at right tackle for the Crimson Hawks in 2019. He provided experience along a line that helped IUP post some of the best offensive numbers in the country.

The Hawks ranked sixth in Division II with 44.2 points per game and 14th in total offense at 476.7 yards per contest.

The offensive line’s ability to protect quarterback Quinton Maxwell in the pocket was a key reason why IUP’s aerial attack had a record-setting season in 2019.

The Crimson Hawks set multiple single-season passing records, including yards (3,622), passing yards per game (301.8), passing touchdowns (41) as well as 50-point games (six).

IUP also gained more than 2,000 rushing yards, averaging 174.1 per game, and 32 rushing touchdowns.

Prior to his lone season with the Crimson Hawks, Guevremont spent 2018 at Division II Malone University in Ohio, where he earned second-team Great Midwest Athletic Conference honors while playing every snap at right tackle.

He also spent two seasons at Chabot Community College, where he was named Region I All-California as a sophomore in 2017.

Guevremont becomes IUP’s first professionally drafted player since Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

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